Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Technology Tuesday - Edmodo & Mimio

I'm back again today bringing you two technology tips.  

1} Edmodo
Funny name, but really cool website.  It is almost exactly like Facebook, but is meant for education.  I learned about this last week in a technology training.  We are using it to communicate to each other about our training for the technology grant our district received.  However, I have set up my own classroom and I can communicate with parents through this about so much.  You can post assignments, quizzes, polls, etc.  This will be a great communication tool this year especially for field trips and assignment due dates.  Plus, the kids will think it is so cool that they can join and be friends with me.

Our school currently only has 2 Promethean boards and 2-3 Smartboards.  I really, really, really wanted one, so I chose to write a DonorsChoose grant.  I had heard about a Mimio and knew that would be perfect!  It is a small piece that unfolds and sticks on your board.  you connect it to a laptop and projector and !BAM!  you now have an interactive whiteboard.  there is a mouse pointer that you use with it and you have to calibrate it each time you turn on the Mimio.  My students are always engaged and actively involved in learning with it.  So, if you are looking for an alternative this would definitely benefit you.  The price is around $500....not a bad deal at all!  Just make sure you have a projector and a computer to hook up to it.

You can read more about it HERE!

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  2. I am really excited to start using Edmodo this year! I have created an account and started playing around with it but haven't done much since my first login! This reminded me to get back into it and see how I can make it work! I found you through the blog hop and I'm your newest follower.

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  3. Nikki, if you have any tips, please send them my way. I've done some things, but haven't got into the quiz part yet. Not sure how well that would work with 2nd graders, but I am going to try it out. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower! :)


  4. I would like to use Edmodo, but I have not used it yet. I want to gradually introduce different sites to my students. If I try to use all of these sites at once, I will lose my mind.

    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack


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